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New York celebrates Arbor Day, encourages planting trees

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Friday is Arbor Day in New York state, a day that state environmental officials say is a perfect excuse to plant a tree, clean a park or talk to children about the importance of trees.

In New York Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday of April.

The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation says the holiday, first celebrated in 1872, was created to encourage farmers and settlers to plant trees for shade and lumber.

Officials say that now it’s a way for all New Yorkers to promote trees and their benefits for communities and the environment.

To mark the occasion, the DEC suggests that New Yorkers plant a tree on their own property or get involved in community tree planting events. Another suggestion? Removing litter from a favorite park.In Albany:

Mayor Kathy Sheehan will join community partners in planting 14 trees this Arbor Day.

The trees will be planted starting at 9 a.m. at Albany’s Lincoln Park near the corner of Morton Ave. and Oneida Terrace. These trees will replace those lost to the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle and old age.In Troy:

Mayor Patrick Madden along with representatives from Capital Roots and members of Troy’s Street Tree Advisory Board will announce the details of a New York State urban and community forestry grant which will support the planting of 100 trees across the city of Troy.

Friday’s event starts at 1 p.m.In Pittsfield, Mass.:

An Arbor Day celebration will be hosted by the Pittsfield Department of Community Development parks and recreation program.

The event will celebrate the establishment of the American chestnut seed orchard that’s in Springside Park on North Street in Pittsfield.

Brian Clark of the Massachusetts-Rhode Island Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation will be the keynote speaker. He celebration starts at Noon.

Order forms for the Tree Planting Program in Albany.

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